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'Twas the Knife Before Christmas

(Christmas Tree Farm Mystery #2)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,627 ratings  ·  335 reviews
A Christmas delight, 'Twas the Knife Before Christmas will charm the stockings off fans of Joanne Fluke and Leslie Meier.

It's out of the cupcake tin, into the fire for Holly White's best friend, Caroline. Can Holly clear Caroline's name in time to go caroling?

When a body turns up in the dumpster behind Caroline's Cupcakes, Holly White is horrified to learn her best friend,
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Published November 13th 2018 by Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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"It’s out of the cupcake tin, into the fire for Holly White’s best friend, Caroline. Can Holly clear Caroline’s name in time to go caroling?

When a body turns up in a larger-than-life candy bowl filled with peppermints on the town square, Holly White is horrified to learn her best friend Caroline is the main suspect. Everyone in town, including Mistletoe, Maine’s sheriff, saw Caroline fighting with the victim on the night of his death. Worse, a custom kitchen knife, engraved with Caroline's initials was found with him.

Now, just ten days before Christmas, Holly’s up to her jingle bells in holiday shenanigans and in desperate need of a miracle. Juggling extra shifts at her family’s Christmas tree farm and making enough gingerbread jewelry to satisfy the crowd is already more than she can handle―and now she has to find time to clear her best friend of murder. Add in her budding relationship with the sheriff, and a personal stalker dressed as Santa Claus, and Holly’s ready to fly south until springtime.

But her Sherpa-lined mittens come off when Caroline is taken into custody. Can Holly wrap up the case in time for Christmas…even after she gains the true killer’s attention? Find out in ‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas, Jacqueline Frost’s second pine-scented Christmas Tree Farm mystery."

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"A Christmas delight, ’Twas the Knife Before Christmas will charm the stockings off readers of Joanne Fluke and Leslie Meier.

It’s out of the cupcake tin, into the fire for Holly White’s best friend, Caroline. Can Holly clear Caroline’s name in time to go caroling?

When a body turns up in the dumpster behind Caroline’s Cupcakes, Holly White is horrified to learn her best friend Caroline is the main suspect. Everyone in town, including Mistletoe, Maine’s sheriff, saw Caroline fighting with the victim on the night of his death. Worse, Caroline’s fingerprints are all over the murder weapon, a custom-designed marble rolling pin.

Now, just ten days before Christmas, Holly’s up to her jingle bells in holiday shenanigans and in desperate need of a miracle. Juggling extra shifts at her family’s Christmas tree farm and making enough gingerbread jewelry to satisfy the crowd is already more than she can handle—and now she has to find time to clear her best friend of murder. Add in her budding relationship with the sheriff, and run-ins with an ex-fiancé looking to make amends, and Holly’s ready to fly south until springtime.

But her Sherpa-lined mittens come off when Caroline is taken into custody. Can Holly wrap up the case in time for Christmas…even after she gains the true killer’s attention? Find out in ‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas, Jacqueline Frost’s second pine-scented Christmas Tree Farm mystery."

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James
It's Christmastime both in my current reality and in Mistletoe, Maine... but a whole year has passed since the debut book in the 'A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery' series by Jacqueline Frost. This second book, 'Twas the Knife Before Christmas, picks up with Holly's eventual settlement back home, a new friendship with reporter Ray, adventures with best friend Caroline, and romance with sorta boyfriend Evan (the sheriff!). Life's good until Derek, a guy who was too handsy with Caroline, ends up knife ...more
Sheri
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A return visit to Mistletoe, Maine is just like going home for Christmas. It’s all there, whether you’re on Main Street bedecked with the trimmings of the season, everyone offering hugs and warm greetings as they rush about trying to finish their holiday shopping, or appreciating mom’s home-baked fresh from the oven cookies and admiring dad’s overzealous outdoor decorations. No matter where you are, you’re surrounded by Christmas and you can’t help but be enveloped by cheer and goodwill.

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Carrie
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas by Jacqueline Frost is the second book of the cozy A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery series. Each book in the series has it’s own mystery to be solved so they can be understood as a standalone. However, the characters do return from the first book so there is a bit of character building carried over from book to book.

In the first book of the series Holly White had returned back home to her parents Christmas Tree farm in Mistletoe, Maine after her fiance had broken up
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

You know what’s better than Hallmark Christmas movies? Hallmark COZY MYSTERY movies. Because those suckas play all damn year long. And Candace Cameron Bure stars in one batch of those too (Real Murders series - books by Charlaine Harris – if curiosity is killin’ yo cat). So does Aunt Becky and I’m soooooo sad that there will be no more Sunday editions of . . . .



Kids ruin everything!



Alright, here’s a little confession. Last Chr
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Berit☀️✨
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley, 2018
A charming Christmas cozy dripping with holiday cheer!

A town called mistletoe, a Christmas tree farm called Reindeer Games, and a cat named Cindy Lou Who are just a few of the things that make this a Christmas must read! This is the second book in the Christmas Tree Farm cozy mystery series... it can be read as a standalone, but I would strongly encourage you to read the first book as well! This really is a cozy mystery series packed full of Yuletide joy!

Holly has settled in after being home in
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Eve (Between The Bookends)
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Unfortunately, I didn't quite love this one as much as I did the first book in the series. The mystery aspect was well done. I still really enjoy that setting and the overall festive feeling. It has a great cast of characters. Holly is still a very likable heroine.


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However, the whole Ethan and Holly "romance" was just odd. At the end of the last book they kissed, and it seemed like they were headed towards Coupeville, then at the beginning of this book, you find out that after that kiss they h
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Juli
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's Christmastime in Mistletoe, Maine once again. Holly White is gearing up for all the holiday festivities and helping out with the family business, Reindeer Games Christmas Tree Farm. They are renovating and expanding to add an Inn for guests, but construction is way behind schedule. She's also trying to cheer up a friend who just had a really bad experience at a benefit dinner. Her date, the son of a local judge, behaved badly...and they had a fight. To kick off the holiday season, everyone ...more
LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
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Mistletoe, Maine, the perfect place to celebrate Christmas. Holly White’s family’s tree farm is a magical place this time of year with its Reindeer Games. All kinds of treats and festivities are planned and a contractor named Christopher has promised their new inn will be ready to open by Christmas Eve.

The first big Mistletoe event is the annual tree lighting. Everyone is gathered in the town square but when the big moment arrives the night turns from Merry to Scary. There, ne
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Melissa Rose
After having finished Twelve Slays of Christmas last week, I decided to head back into Mistletoe immediately and read ‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas, the second instalment in the Christmas Tree Farm Mystery series.

I was not let down.

First off, once again, the descriptions of Mistletoe and the Christmas Tree farm were beautifully cosy; I deeply regret that I couldn’t just hop into my book and see Reindeer Games for myself. All of the details from the farm's decor to the smells of the Hearth put
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Chatting About
Reindeer Games is a beautiful Christmas Tree Farm in Mistletoe, Maine, and it’s the perfect winter wonderland to escape to for lots of fun and relaxation. Construction is underway for the new Inn that Holly White will manage, and her family hopes it will be ready by Christmas Day.

Alarm bells start ringing when a local investor, who’s also a womanizer, is found dead in a huge bowl of peppermint candy at the tree lighting ceremony. Caroline, Holly’s best friend, is the top suspect, so Holly starts
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Brenda
Holly White’s best friend, Caroline had stood up for herself even though the argument had been public and heard by everyone. But when the next morning, Derek, the person she’d been arguing with, was found stabbed to death, thoughts immediately went to Caroline. It was made much worse by the discovery of her fingerprints on the murder weapon – and only hers. But the marble handled knife, which had her initials on it, had come from her shop – Caroline’s Cupcakes – so of course her prints would be ...more
Sabine
Grab a delicious hot drink and get cozy on your comfy couch. Once again it is time for an intriguing mystery set in Mistletoe, Maine.

At the big tree lighting ceremony in town, Derek, a local investor is found dead in a big glass bowl filled with peppermints. He was seen on TV having a quarrel with Caroline, Holly’s friend, the night before and of course this makes Caroline the top suspect. When Holly starts asking questions to find the real murderer she starts getting threats and it escalates qu
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Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This was great! I listened to the first book in this series around the holidays last year so I was excited to check out this second installment this season. Each book could be read as a stand-alone even though I think that the relationships between the characters would be best appreciated if the series is read in order. I had a great time with this one and found it to be a wonderful holiday read.

Holly is looking forward to a nice mur
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Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: November 13, 2018
Actual Rating: 4 stars

Holiday Reads | Cozy Mystery

'Twas the Knife Before Christmas is the second book in the Christmas Tree Farm mystery series. I’ve really been enjoying these books especially because they take place around Christmas which is my favorite holiday. Our lead sleuth in the stories is also a fantastic character and I love her ability to stay focused even when her life spirals out of control.

I’m going to keep this review short because I don’t hav
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Kimmie
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-reviews, 2018
I have been looking forward to this book since I finished The Twelve Slays of Christmas last year, and was thrilled when this one came out in time for the holidays. I loved the main character Holly White. She is the queen of multi-tasking, as she juggles helping her parents run the tree farm during the busy holiday season, taking over as head decision-maker for the new inn (currently under construction), managing her in-demand jewelry business, and trying to clear her best friend of murder charg ...more
Tari
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All I can say is this was the most magical Christmas book I've read this season! I love that Holly and Evan are growing closer. Now Ray, the guy from the first book who has been puppy-dog friendly to Holly but she made it clear she didn't want to date him, has finally found someone a little closer to his own age. And so has his mom, but he's less than thrilled over that.

It was getting close to Christmas and a guy that Holly's friend Caroline was seen with arguing at a benefit dinner was found de
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Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
If you would have ever told me I'd fall in love with a Christmas cozy series, I'd have said you were nuts. Come on, I'm just not that jolly. However, I have fallen in love with Frost's newest addition to last year's debut. A new murder has taken place right as the festivities for Christmas Tree Farm are beginning. This time, Caroline is not a suspect and instead the police are looking at her friend Holly.Mistletoe, Maine has one of the cast of characters I've met in a long time. The reader reall ...more
Ell
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love holiday themed cozies and Twas the Knife Before Christmas was no exception. The book is endearing and overflowing with Christmas spirit. The characters are fun and likable. The story takes place in Mistletoe, Maine where Holly makes jewelry and manages her family’s Christmas Tree farm and friends Cookie and Caroline own a successful bakeshop. Caroline is suspected of murder after a very public disagreement with a man who got quite “handsy” with her is found dead in the town square. Holly ...more
Becky
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery, holiday
This is my favorite Christmas series. It's so fun and FULL of Christmas! Holly sure gets herself in a lot of trouble trying to prove her best friends innocence. Author Jacqueline Frost sure does know how to write great characters and a perfect cozy town. To Reindeer Games to additions being made, Holly isn't the one spying through out the town. Come see what all is going on in Mistletoe this time! ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
It is Christmas time again in Mistletoe, Maine and Holly is getting ready for all the festivities. Not only that, but she is assisting with the renovations to open an inn on the property of the family tree farm known as Reindeer Games. Her best friend Caroline also needs cheering up after her blowup with her "handsy" date is publicized. Trying to cheer her up, Holly invites her to the tree lighting ceremony. When the tree is lit and the huge candy dish is unveiled, there is Derek, dead in the ca ...more
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Somehow, I missed the first book in this series, TWELVE SLAYS OF CHRISTMAS. Now having read, ‘TWAS THE KNIFE BEFORE CHRISTMAS I’ll never miss another one!

I’m always a little leery to start a series if I haven’t read the first book. I need not have worried with this second installment of the Christmas Tree Farm Mysteries. Author Jacqueline Frost has a fluid writing style that pulled me in immediately. I instantly fell in love with the first three characters I was introduced to, and that was befor
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Lisa Morin
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mistletoe, Maine sounds like the perfect Christmas paradise. Unfortunately for Holly White, things are far from perfect.
Her romance is on the rocks and her best friend is accused of murder.
In Twas the Knife Before Christmas, the second in this wonderful series, you will become involved in a devious murder mystery that will keep you reading until you finish.
There are so many laugh out loud moments that I couldn't put the book down.
All the characters are fun and colorful and I simply cannot resist
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Laura
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book; this is the second book in the Christmas Tree Farm Mystery series written by Jacqueline Frost. When a body turns up in the dumpster behind Caroline’s Cupcakes, Holly White is horrified to learn her best friend Caroline is the main suspect. Everyone in town, including Mistletoe, Maine’s sheriff, saw Caroline fighting with the victim on the night of his death. Worse, Caroline’s fingerprints are all over the murder weapon, a custom-designed marble rolling pin. This is a great ...more
Lorraine
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wishes to read a fun Christmassy cozy!
How I truly love the State of Maine! Mistletoe, Maine I have not visited, but I would very much like to do so, and Holly White, the main character of The Christmas Tree Farm Mysteries, appears to be someone with whom I would love to get in trouble, ah, I mean with whom I would love to sleuth! Jacqueline Frost’s ‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas, (Christmas Tree Farm Mystery #2) has Holly in the sight of another murderer. Last year was bad enough, but in #2 Holly’s best friend, Caroline, had been ...more
K.A. Davis
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘TWAS THE KNIFE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, the second book in the Christmas Tree Farm Mysteries by Jacqueline Frost, is the first I’ve read in the series but by no means the last. The first few pages had me wanting to sit by a roaring fire hung with stockings and a mug of marshmallow-topped hot cocoa sitting by my side. I was captivated by the cleverness of the settings, the Christmas activities and charming characters which so effectively captured the holiday spirit! Protagonist Holly White’s family own ...more
Patty
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Twas the Knife Before Christmas by Jacqueline Frost is the 2nd book in A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery, and it was great. I enjoyed this book more than the 1st book, Twelve Slays of Christmas, which is also good. Holly White's family owns the Christmas Tree Farm in Mistletoe, Maine, where Christmas is big business for the little town. I would love to go and drink hot cider, play some Reindeer Games, and take a buggy ride at the Tree Farm. In this book Holly's best friend, Caroline, is a suspect i ...more
Peggy R
This series has quickly become a favorite after only two books. It is well written with fast paced plots that engage the reader from the opening pages. Starting with great characters that are well written with depth, humor and whimsy, coupled with a magical location and season, this book just continues to hit all the high notes that make me come back time and time again to a series. I would highly recommend this book as well as the first. I don't think reader will be disappointed.

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Christine
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies
Holly White is intent on helping her friend Caroline when a body turns up behind her cupcake shop and she becomes the prime suspect. Holly has her hands full already, making her jewelry and helping run her family's Christmas tree farm. But she is determined to clear Caroline's name. I recently discovered this series and this author. I love everything about this book, from the beautiful Christmas town of Mistletoe to the wonderful written characters. Jacqueline Frost has done a great job in inven ...more
Annu
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this better than the first book. Holly is a great character. All she wants is to clear the murder charges against her friend, Caroline. And obviously, she's sucked into solving the mystery even though Evans asked her to stay away. Cookie is a hoot, her quips are just funny. I want more of Cookie infact, maybe even Cookie sleuthing with Holly would be fun to read :D ...more
Jessica Frances
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am loving this series! It's heartwarming, exciting, fun, and fantastic escapism. I hope there will be more to come! Highly recommend the audio version! ...more
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